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Winxnet Recognized as one of the Best Places to
Work in Maine

Company Ranks Near the Top of the List for the Second Year in a Row

PORTLAND, ME  -- 
October 21, 2013 - Winxnet, an IT outsourcing and consulting firm that meets the complete technology needs of private and public sector organizations, has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Maine for the second year in a row. Winxnet, which ranked 15th out of 47 small and midsized companies, was honored along with 59 other Maine companies including Winxnet customers Cianbro, Intermed, Kepware Technologies, and L.L.Bean.

"It takes great people who genuinely care about their colleagues and their customers to make an organization a great place to work," said Chris Claudio, CEO of Winxnet. "This award is a testament to the outstanding team we have. I'm extremely proud of them for everything that they do on a daily basis to make recognition like this possible."

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5 sensible things you can do to ensure your IT is secure (and HIPAA compliant).

by Jason Lenardson, Winxnet Chief Security & Compliance Officer; article taken from Winxnet's blog

As a HIPAA Security & Compliance specialist, I have seen that a large number of practices are still unsure about how to address the basics of security. Regardless of your point of view about the sensibility of HIPAA, the act does require a number of information security fundamentals that make good sense for any type of business. The following are 5 things that you should be doing to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of sensitive data (and comply with HIPAA).

1. Encrypt your laptop / MacBook

Forgetting HIPAA for a minute, how would you feel if a laptop containing sensitive personal or patient information was lost or stolen? Encryption technology ensures that no one except an authorized user can access files or information contained on a laptop. The cost of about 2 dollars per laptop per month is well worth the benefit of ensuring that you are keeping sensitive information safe. Oh, and HIPAA says that if you lose a laptop that is encrypted and password protected you don't even need to report the breach!
 
2. Check that all PCs and Macs have up-to-date antivirus software

Antivirus programs ensure that your servers, PCs and Macs can recognize a virus when they see one and stop it from compromising the device. Unfortunately, new viruses are created every day, so it is critical for anti-virus software to be up-to-date and fully functioning at all times. Windows-based laptops have long been the focus of virus attacks, however Macs also get viruses and as their popularity continues to rise so does the number of people trying to exploit unsuspecting Mac users. Make sure all PCs and Macs have up-to-date antivirus software. An antivirus solution that has a central dashboard makes the most sense for organizations with multiple users because it allows you to quickly review all laptops and confirm that the antivirus program is running. The cost is about 2 dollars per laptop per month.

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The Case for Outsourcing IT

by Christopher Claudio, Winxnet Chief Executive Officer; article taken from Winxnet's blog

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of outsourcing?

Let's face it, outsourcing has kind of been a dirty word for a long time. The concept is often associated with the wave of activity that took place during the 90s and early 00s as organizations looked to cut costs by moving routine, process-oriented business activities like call centers and back office work to low-cost third party organizations which were generally located offshore.

In reality, the concept of outsourcing is much broader and is about way more than reducing costs. Engaging third parties for specialized business activities has been a routine business practice for decades. Whether you think about it this way or not, law firms, ad agencies, PR firms, head hunters, travel agents, accountants, benefits providers and payroll companies all provide outsourced services to businesses. For most organizations, the concept of engaging these types of service providers does not invoke concerns about low quality or poor end user experience. Instead, these firms are viewed as experienced professionals who are better equipped to carry out the function than an in-house team. Why would IT be any different?

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Office 365: Take Advantage of Office Anywhere

used with permission from Microsoft

The days of spending thousands of dollars on servers for things like email are nearly a thing of the past. It is important, however, to make sure that all of your business needs are considered when moving to the cloud. There can be many "gotchas" without the appropriate analysis, planning and preparation. When evaluating options for cloud-based commodity services like email, Microsoft Office 365 from Microsoft is one solution that warrants serious consideration.

Microsoft Office 365, a cloud-based productivity service hosted by Microsoft, provides anywhere access to your familiar Office applications, email, calendar, video conferencing, and most up-to-date documents across your devices -- all for one predictable monthly fee. With Office 365 you can take advantage of the latest Office client and enterprise-ready tools on virtually any device -- from laptops to tablets to smartphones -- without having to upgrade your servers.

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October 2013

              In this issue:

Winxnet Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Maine

5 sensible things you can do to ensure your IT is secure (and HIPAA compliant).

The Case for Outsourcing IT

Office 365: Take Advantage of Office Anywhere

Did you know...

Winxnet now has a
corporate blog!


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Free HIPAA Security & Compliance Health Check

For a limited time, Winxnet's team of
Certified HIPAA Security and Compliance Professionals is offering a free HIPAA
Security & Compliance Health Check.

To learn more, read the information sheet
or contact HIT@winxnet.com.

 


Upcoming Events:

Attend MaineFocus: Solutions for Maine's Economy

Winxnet is proud to support the Bangor Daily News in their effort to create a forum for addressing Maine's economic issues. Speakers include former Governor John Baldacci and other business and public sector leaders.

When:

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Where:

Hannaford Hall in the Abromson Center,
University of Southern Maine

Registration:

Free! Visit the BDN MaineFocus events website

Attend the November SharePoint Maine User Group Meeting

Winxnet is proud to sponsor SPUGME and the second meeting of the season.

When:

Tuesday, November 12th, 5:30-7PM

Where:

VTEC Training at 1685 Congress Street, Portland

Registration:

For more information, visit SharePoint Maine



About Winxnet
Providing innovative IT solutions since 1999, Winxnet is a leader in IT outsourcing and consulting, software development, and strategic technical advisory services to the private and public sectors. With multiple offices in New England and the Southeast, Winxnet provides a broad reach with local expertise.

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